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Archive for Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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12:00 a.m.
Obama and Romney face off on foreign policy in final debate
9:38 p.m., October 22, 2012 Updated 10:06 p.m.
Despite the final presidential debate’s stated focus on foreign affairs, time after time President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney turned the discussion back to the slowly recovering U.S. economy, which polls show is the No. 1 issue for most voters.
6:00 a.m.
The old Varsity House is being reconstructed at the northwest corner of 11th and Indiana streets on the site of the new Varsity House Apartment complex. A deal was struck between the developers, City Hall and the Lawrence Preservation Alliance that the former boarding home, where college athletes used to stay, would be moved to a corner of the property. Once reassembled, the structure will serve as a boarding house next to the new apartment development. But concerns have arisen about how much of the original house will remain. Officials upset over reassembly of Varsity House
October 23, 2012
A pair of city commissioners said they are upset with how Lawrence developer Thomas Fritzel is following through on a deal to rebuild the old Varsity House at 11th and Indiana streets. By Chad Lawhorn
2:00 p.m.
Houston school teacher Candida Gutierrez talks Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, in Houston about the frustration of having her identity stolen several years ago. When Gutierrez’s identity was stolen, the thief didn’t limit herself to opening fraudulent credit and bank accounts. She assumed Gutierrez’s persona completely, using it to get a job, a driver’s license, a mortgage and even medical care for the birth of two children. Kansas case puts face on ‘total identity theft’
October 23, 2012
When Candida L. Gutierrez’s identity was stolen, the thief didn’t limit herself to opening fraudulent credit and bank accounts. She assumed Gutierrez’s persona completely, using it to get a job, a driver’s license, a mortgage and even medical care for the birth of two children. All the while, the crook claimed the real Gutierrez was the one who had stolen her identity. The women’s unusual tug-of-war puts a face on “total identity theft,” a brazen form of the crime in which con artists go beyond financial fraud to assume many other aspects of another person’s life.
4:00 p.m.
Kansas quarterback Michael Cummings looks to throw against the Oklahoma defense during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. Weis shakes up starters, gives Cummings nod at quarterback against Texas
2:11 p.m., October 23, 2012 Updated 12:13 a.m.
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis on Tuesday removed the “or” between the names of his two starting quarterbacks. Red-shirt freshman Michael Cummings will start against Texas this weekend and former starter and fifth-year senior Dayne Crist will back him up.

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City wants payment over Varsity House reassembly spat
October 23, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners are convinced the integrity of the old Varsity House has been ruined by a faulty redevelopment project, and they agreed to begin seeking a “cash payment” from local developer Thomas Fritzel as compensation. By Chad Lawhorn
KU police: No alcohol involved in Oct. 9 accident on campus
October 23, 2012
A 20-year-old Kansas University student was cited for inattentive driving, but there was no alcohol involved in an Oct. 9 campus accident that sent another KU student to the hospital, according to an accident report from KU police. By Shaun Hittle
Fort Leavenworth to show new virtual training system
October 23, 2012
A new virtual training system to prepare soldiers for combat will be demonstrated Thursday at Fort Leavenworth.
City commissioners split on proposed roundabout at Ninth and New Hampshire
October 23, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday split on the idea of whether a roundabout should be installed in the intersection of Ninth and New Hampshire streets as part of a project that will add a hotel and an apartment building to the area. By Chad Lawhorn
Schlingensiepen, Francisco to participate in LJWorld.com chats
October 23, 2012
Two candidates in local races will participate in upcoming online chats at LJWorld.com.
Moore, Hensley tangle over taxes, transportation plan, other issues
October 23, 2012
Hensley, Moore race in 19th Senate District heats up in debate over taxes, transportation and jobs. By Scott Rothschild.
County commissioners to revisit plans for recruiting retirees to area
October 23, 2012
In May, a joint city-county task force issued a report that called for creating a new position, either within county government or the city of Lawrence, that would be responsible for coordinating efforts to market the Lawrence-Douglas County community as an attractive place for retirees to live. By Peter Hancock.
Weis shakes up starters, gives Cummings nod at quarterback against Texas
02:11 p.m., October 23, 2012 Updated 12:13 a.m.
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis on Tuesday removed the “or” between the names of his two starting quarterbacks. Red-shirt freshman Michael Cummings will start against Texas this weekend and former starter and fifth-year senior Dayne Crist will back him up.
Comment made during trial four years ago dissected by Kansas Supreme Court
October 23, 2012
In 2008, Shanna Friday was convicted in the beating death of Jerry Deshazer. On Tuesday, an attorney appealed Friday’s case to the Kansas Supreme Court, and alleged that a comment made by a Douglas County prosecutor during the trial prejudiced the jury. By Scott Rothschild
Local produce highlights Lawrence celebration of Farm to School Week
October 23, 2012
Lawrence schools are celebrating Farm to School Week with the first districtwide mostly-local school lunch. Seasonality, delivery methods, availability of large quantities and compliance with nutritional guidelines can all make serving local food challenging for schools. By Sara Shepherd.
Town Talk: Holiday art gallery opening in Downtown Lawrence; the growing drama over the Sixth and SLT intersection; 351-acre sand pit proposal gets mixed review
October 23, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Malone named chief judge of Kan. Court of Appeals
October 23, 2012
Judge Thomas Malone is the new chief judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals.
GOP, unaffiliated voter registration up in Kansas
October 23, 2012
The ranks of Republican and unaffiliated voters are growing in Kansas, while the number of registered Democrats has fallen dramatically since 2008, according to the secretary of state’s office.
Kansas case puts face on ‘total identity theft’
October 23, 2012
When Candida L. Gutierrez’s identity was stolen, the thief didn’t limit herself to opening fraudulent credit and bank accounts. She assumed Gutierrez’s persona completely, using it to get a job, a driver’s license, a mortgage and even medical care for the birth of two children. All the while, the crook claimed the real Gutierrez was the one who had stolen her identity. The women’s unusual tug-of-war puts a face on “total identity theft,” a brazen form of the crime in which con artists go beyond financial fraud to assume many other aspects of another person’s life.
Officials upset over reassembly of Varsity House
October 23, 2012
A pair of city commissioners said they are upset with how Lawrence developer Thomas Fritzel is following through on a deal to rebuild the old Varsity House at 11th and Indiana streets. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence sex offender one of 14 Kansas men listed in Boy Scout files
October 23, 2012
A convicted Lawrence sex offender was one of 14 Kansas men listed in the recently released “perversion files” kept by the Boy Scouts of America and released Thursday by order of the Oregon Supreme Court.
Heard on the Hill: Hometown fundraising effort helps KU student who lost legs in accident; students pledge to bring five people along on Election Day; indigenous advocate from Honduras to speak
October 23, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Letter: Women’s issue
October 23, 2012
Everett Hickam, Lawrence, explains it is in the women’s hands to decide the fate of the nation and that “Women’s right to choose” takes on an additional meaning this presidential election.
Letter: Informed votes
October 23, 2012
The Voter Education Coalition thinks candidates deserve our thanks and our respect for their willingness to serve.
Editorial: Varsity loss
October 23, 2012
A local developer’s history of ignoring city ordinances and agreements should give officials pause as they consider future projects.
Opinion: McGovern outlived radical image
October 23, 2012 in print edition on A8
Shortly after his 1984 landslide defeat to Ronald Reagan, Walter F. Mondale found himself standing alongside George S. McGovern at a luggage carousel on the bottom level of the old Washington National Airport. Mondale posed a plaintive question to McGovern.
25 years ago: Local man ordered to undo house renovations
October 23, 2012
He had not first applied for the necessary permits for the work.
40 years ago: Waste management, Oread parking on next City Commission agenda
October 23, 2012
Businesses in that location were seeking restricted parking in order to eliminate all-day parking.
100 years ago: Mass Street now boasts longest stretch of paved road in Kansas
October 23, 2012
“The business section of Massachusetts street has been paved for about eight years now…. Gradually the pavement grew further south until now the street is paved to the extreme limits.”
Tune In Tonight: New series glorifies industrialists
October 23, 2012
Now in its second week, “The Men Who Built America” (8 p.m.) interrupts the History Channel’s “Pawn”- and “Picker”-filled lineup. “Built” profiles the visionary industrialists who transformed the continent in the decades following the Civil War. Tonight’s subject is Andrew Carnegie.
First Bell: Communications basics; more pre-bond input sessions
October 23, 2012
News and notes about local schools and education.
Letter: Hope for U.N.
October 23, 2012
John A. Bond, Lawrence, expresses concern that celebrating United Nations Day, Oct. 24, will be forgotten as public attention becomes focused upon the November election.
Horoscopes for Oct. 23
October 23, 2012
For Tuesday, Oct. 23: This year you are unusually playful, especially with a close loved one. You will spend many one-on-one moments together. This person could become your best friend if you are attached, and possibly even your sweetie if you are single.